Union, N.J. (2/11/19) – New Jersey Institute of Technology defeated host Kean University in straight sets in men's volleyball non-conference action on Monday night.
Kamil Garbowski led the way for Kean (10-3) as he hit a blistering .692 with 10 kills as the only player for either team to reach the double-digit mark. Piotr Namiotko collected 13.5 points for the Highlanders (4-4) as he recorded eight kills, five service aces and one assisted block.
It was a see-saw tight affair in the early going. With the score tied at 16-all, the Cougars were able to take a small three point lead with kills from Jacob Milnazik and Ian Capp. NJIT would rally back and knot the set at 22 and 23 and held set point on a block from Jens Feldthus and Enrique de Diego Garcia. A timeout from Kean led to a Dylan Flor kill which tied the set right back up. But a service and attack error by the Cougars to end the set, ended the threat (26-24).
NJIT rolled off six straight points to start the second frame with three straight aces from Namiotko in the span. Kean chipped away and tied things up at 10-all on a block from Jay Bynum and Zach Gerken. The Highlanders led 20-17 and used the arm of Namiotko to close out the set as he collected two more aces (25-17).
The Cougars took control early in the third set scoring five straight points, but NJIT used aces from Luca Berger to tie the set and eventually take the lead. Kean would battle back to knot the set at 17-all, but NJIT chipped away and finished off the straight set win (25-21).
Kean's matchup against CVC and NJAC opponent Rutgers-Newark has been postponed for Tuesday as Rutgers-Newark's campus is already closed for weather. A makeup date has not yet been set.